All Hallow's Tales Contest.
*Jumbie is a term akin to a black ghost. Whereas Western culture sees a ghost as a white misty figure, jumbies are imagined as dark. This phenonemon is widely believed in by people in the English-speaking Caribbean states that were colonized by the British and which practised "Obeah", a form of mystical wizardry that encompassed traditional African beliefs merged with Western European, primarily Anglican, images and beliefs concerning the dead.
There are many recommended ways to avoid or escape jumbie encounters, such as:
leaving a pair of shoes outside your door; jumbies don't have feet and would spend the entire night trying on the shoes to get them to fit before moving onto you.
leaving a heap of sand or salt or rice outside your door; jumbies are compelled to count every grain before the sun rises.
when coming home late at night, walk backwards so that the jumbie would be unable to follow you inside.
if one is being chased by a jumbie, cross a river, as they cannot follow over water
Leave a rope with many knots by your door step. Jumbies love to try to untie knots, so they will forget about you while trying to untie the knots.
Parts of this story is based on a real experience in my haunted childhood. Happy Halloween!
Edit: deleted the extra that in paragraph four.